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Ralph Green, M.D., Ph.D.Distinguished Professor Ralph Green was inducted into the American Society for Nutrition's (ASN) Class of 2021 Fellows at their virtual annual meeting, June 7-10, 2021. Election as a fellow recognizes individuals for significant discoveries and distinguished careers in the field of nutrition and is the highest honor awarded by the ASN.

Yu-Jui Yvonne Wan, Ph.D.At the American Diabetes Association's virtual 81st Annual Meeting on June 25, 2021, Vice Chair of Research Yvonne Wan shared her work “The Bile Acid Receptor and FXR” demonstrating that probiotics are useful to treat nonalcoholic steatohepatitis.

Yu-Jui Yvonne Wan, Ph.D.A new study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology led by Chair of Dermatology Sam Hwang with pathology collaborator Vice Chair of Research Yvonne Wan shared that switching to a more balanced diet may reduce inflammatory skin disease, like psoriasis, and joint pain.

Kurt Schaberg, M.D.Assistant Professor Kurt Schaberg is recognized as one of the American Society of Clinical Pathology’s 40 Under 40, a program that recognizes members under the age of 40 for their achievements and leadership qualities that are making an impact on pathology and laboratory medicine.

Sarah Barnhard, M.D.Transfusion Director Sarah Barnhard shared the importance of donating blood during the current critical blood shortage on CBS Sacramento on June 23, 2021.

Brittany N. Dugger, Ph.D.Assistant Professor Brittany Dugger's medical student mentee, Mustafa Shakir, received a travel award to present a poster on their work “Advances in Deep Neuropathological Phenotyping of Alzheimer’s Disease: Past, Present, and Future” at the 97th Annual American Association of Neuropathology's hybrid meeting in St. Louis, June 10-13, 2021.

Karen Matsukuma, M.D., Ph.D. Anthony Karnezis, M.D., Ph.D.Associate Professors Karen Matsukuma and Tony Karnezis received a New Research Initiatives and Interdisciplinary Research Grant from the Academic Senate Research Grant for their project “Investigating the effect of the TP53 P72R SNP on pancreatic cancer cell biology, histopathology, and clinical outcome.”

Konstantinos Zarbalis, Ph.D. Ralph Green, M.D., Ph.D.Associate Professor Kostas Zarbalis received an Academic Senate Interdisciplinary Research Grant for his project “Prenatal folic acid and neurodevelopmental risk via epigenetic regulation.” Distinguished Professor Ralph Green is co-PI on this proposal and Dr. Janine LaSalle from the Dept. of Medical Microbiology and Immunology is a co-Investigator.

Lydia Pleotis Howell, M.D.As President of the Association of Pathology Chairs, Chair Lydia Howell encouraged Congress to support Senator Rand Paul’s re-introduction of the VITAL Act.

Explorer ScannerThe new Center for Diagnostic Innovation was formally launched. This center is co-led by the Departments of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Radiology.

Nam Tran, Ph.D.The industry-academic partnership led by Professor Nam Tran to develop a new non-PCR test for COVID-19 was featured on CBS Sacramento.

Kuang-Yu Jen, M.D., Ph.D.Associate Professor Kuang-yu Jen’s publication “Clinicopathologic characteristics of JC virus nephropathy in kidney transplant recipients” was featured as cover art in the May 2021 issue of the journal Transplantation.

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